Every time we dive, as divers, we need several items of equipment, all essential and all working well.
ATIS Diving Club, not only as a diving school in Verona that releases about every year 50 patents thanks to the conduct of internationally recognized diving courses, but also as a diving center to which many passionate tourists of Lake Garda turn in every season, takes care of everything that makes up the equipment of divers in the training or excursion phase.
Proper cleaning and maintenance of diving equipment is not just a matter of safety, as clear that it is primarily, but also a guarantee of durability of the materials which can accompany a diver (o un diving, I our case) also up to a couple of decades!
Therefore, even if on vacation you can simply rent your diving equipment - like the service that ATIS Diving Club offers on Lake Garda; it's that easy you too have made some economic "investment" by purchasing personal material, but you know how to deal with it?
Precisely so as not to fall into the neglect of one's diving equipment, the same training of the future divers of ATIS foresees within the NADD teaching (link: http://www.naddeurope.com/) the useful precautions for the care of accessories, diving clothing and equipment. Let's review and summarize these interesting passages by scrolling through all the diving equipment, first making some general considerations that apply to everything a diver can take on a dive:
Some natural elements present in the water itself can substantially contribute to ruining our diving equipment. The ones that usually come to mind first are salt and sand, however, also the fresh water of the lake it is not to be underestimated, as well as the pool water in which the first tests are made, obviously due to the chlorine added inside.
All time, always, always, rinse with clean fresh running water
of more neutral composition (at the PH level, of pollutants and other elements)
e, something not to be taken into little account, odorless.
Little useful advice:
if you are unable to wash the equipment as soon as you finish the dive, it will be sufficient try to keep it moist, so as to avoid "harmful" water components, like salt, dry out making their subsequent complete removal more difficult.
Also remember that diving equipment, once dried, will stored in a dry place it's fresh.
Last consideration that applies to all diving equipment:
Never expose the equipment to direct sunlight to dry
or store it near heat sources.
That said, although taking care of the diving equipment is quite simple, there are some fixed points that are worth adopting to keep it at its best. Let's move on to a quick overview of the maintenance of diving equipment point by point:
In the case of fins remember to:
- PLACE THE FINS HORIZONTALLY AND REVERSE
In this position the fin blade will not be able to bend, preserving its functionality while you kick.
- If you have any, INSERT THE APPROPRIATE INSERT IN THE SHOES
So as not to run the risk of deforming them, maintaining their fit.
As for the mask take care of:
- PLACE THE MASK IN ITS CASE
To ensure that its ergonomic shape is maintained, so beware of:
- DO NOT CRUSH THE SILICONE PARTS
SNORKEL or MOUTHPIECE
If you use it, adopt the same fundamental care for the mask, that is to say:
- DO NOT CRUSH THE SILICONE PARTS
Always to maintain its shape and ergonomics.
Whatever thickness of the suit you use, after your dives remember to:
- RINSE THE SUIT CAREFULLY BOTH THE OUTSIDE AND INSIDE
In addition to eliminating the corrosive elements, or otherwise harmful, of the water in which you made the dive, always take care to also clean the inside of the suit to remove your own "organic material" and any other material coming from the external environment above and below the water.
- STORE THE WETSUIT HANGING ON A HANGER
- DO NOT LEAVE THE SUIT FOLDED FOR LONG
These two measures are intended to preserve the shape of your wetsuit and the integrity of the neoprene it is made of, on which crease marks may remain, thus creating thinning points.
There are some extra precautions if you use a dry suit:
- DRY THE WETSUIT "HEAD DOWN"
- HAVE THE VALVES OVERHAULED ONCE A YEAR
- PERIODICALLY LUBRICATE THE HINGE
Use suitable products. For example: paraffin for bronze hinges and silicone for polyurethane ones.
FOOTWEAR – GLOVES – HOOD
The same rules apply as for moulting in general, so:
- RINSE BOTH OUTSIDE AND INSIDE
- DO NOT LEAVE THEM FOLDED FOR A LONG TIME
A periodic check of the outside of the cylinder, having a pay attention to the part underneath the rubber pad, looking for any signs of corrosion or damage is always a good rule to follow.
Always to be reviewed annually in a specialized center, for your G.A.V. remember:
- DOWNLOAD THE WATER REMAINED INSIDE THE G.A.V.
To do this, just turn it over and press the corrugated air vent button.
- PUT A LITTLE AIR INSIDE THE G.A.V. IF YOU STORE IT FOR LONG PERIODS
In this way you will prevent the walls of the internal air chamber from sticking together.
For post-dive cleaning of your regulators, keep in mind of:
- BETTER RINSE THE REGULATORS WHILE THEY ARE CONNECTED TO THE BOTTLE AND UNDER PRESSURE
- If it was not possible, after disconnecting them, it would be advisable IMMERSE THEM IN A CONTAINER
- However it is for the rinsing of the dispensers DO NOT USE A STRONG WATER JET
- DO NOT LET WATER ENTER THE AIR PASSAGE DUCT
To avoid this, simply use the first stage protective cap and do not press the dispense button while cleaning.
PLEASE NOTE: EQUIPMENT REVIEW BY A SPECIALIZED TECHNICIAN
If keeping good care and cleaning practices in mind is important for your dive gear, it is also essential to visit specialized technicians once a year for the overhaul of dispensers, G.A.V. e internal part of the cylinder with adjoining taps.
You will always have guaranteed safe dives to enjoy in absolute tranquility.